Martinique is an island of the Eastern Caribbean. It is part of the Lesser Antilles, an arc of islands stretching from the Virgin Islands to Venezuela.
Martinique is an island of volcanic origin, and like other islands in the Caribbean region offers turquoise sea and white sandy beaches, a mild and breezy, a luxuriant tropical nature, quiet pace of life. Almost third of its surface is covered by tropical forests, landscapes range from lush crops of bananas, sugar cane and pineapple, a quiet fishing villages, beautiful beaches, and rugged mountain trails of excellence. Bordered by beautiful coastlines, Martinique offers a wide range of landscapes to discover.
Cul-de-Sac du Marin is a large well-protected bay, the indented coast, which is mostly deserted, provides good natural shelter from hurricanes. Both Grande and Petite Anse d'Arlets are wide and easily accessible anchorages. Grande Anse d'Arlets, contains the village of Les Anse d'Arlets, one of the smartest of the island, which is identifiable by its white church opposite the landing stage.
Anse Mitan is a popular anchorage. It is large with a reasonable depth sheltered from the prevailing east wind though in strong west wind it is exposed to the swell and dangerous. Forte the France, the capital of Martinique, is one of the busiest port of the Antilles and compared to Fort de France, all the other island capitals are villages.